Woodlands teen to make debut at Houston Grand Prix

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HOUSTON, TX – The garage is where race car drivers live, and Clark Toppe is special since he has two this weekend. One at the Houston Grand Prix in the Pro Mazda Series, and the other at his home in the Woodlands.

Toppe says, “It’s really cool because a bunch of my friends get to come down and see what I do and debuting in this car is really good at my home track at the local sports so definitely a good place to debut.”

A great place to debut if you’re only 16 years old. So while most drivers his age are just having to deal with passing a driving test to get a license,, Toppe is hitting over 150 miles an hour on one of the toughest street courses.

It’s a far cry from what Topee was racing just six years ago.

Topee says, “I started carting when I was 10-years-old and then just kept progressing through the karting ranks and entered into skip barber racing school and after that moved into USF 2000 series full time and now debuted in Pro Mazda here six year later.”

JOC Racing Crew Chief Martin Mailloux adds, “I think if he jumped up in Pro Mazda next year, it should be a good program for him of let’s say — the next 2 seasons, then I’m sure he can improve to Indy Lites and keep improving the next few year for sure.

Despite all his fine driving skills, Toppe admits he doesn’t fare so well when it comes to parallel parking. Fortunately for him, there is no need for that skill on this track.